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DIY Salt and Vinegar Zucchini Chips

I admit, I am a snacker. I have been on a really healthy roll, working out at a crossfit gym and eating healthy. But, snacking is my weakness. It is…

I admit, I am a snacker. I have been on a really healthy roll, working out at a crossfit gym and eating healthy. But, snacking is my weakness. It is so easy to give in to cravings, especially when you have been trying to eat healthy and think that you deserve a “treat.” That is why I like to keep healthy treats around. I love salt and vinegar chips, they are tangy and have a great crunch to them. Here is a healthy version of my craving that you can make at home!

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium zucchini
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Preheat your oven to 225 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Next, cut off the ends of the zucchini and slice them really thin. This will make about 5 cups of zucchini. Add the oil, vinegar, salt and pepper to a large bowl and whisk it together. Then add the zucchini to the bowl and gently coat them in the oils. Lay the slices on the baking sheets, spreading them out in an even layer. Bake the zucchini until it is brown and crisp. When you lift it from the baking sheet, it should not bend. This will take between 2 and 3 hours. When they are done, let them cool and then store them in an airtight container.

Delish!

XOXO, Chels

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Broccoli Tater Tots!

The words “broccoli” and “tater tots” are not normally used in the same sentence…but today we are making an exception! I saw these delicious tots on Pinterest and had to…

The words “broccoli” and “tater tots” are not normally used in the same sentence…but today we are making an exception! I saw these delicious tots on Pinterest and had to investigate. These delectable taters are so much better for you because they are made of veggies! Here is how to make them:

 

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  • 2 cups frozen broccoli
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup diced yellow onion
  • ⅓ cup cheddar cheese
  • ⅓ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ⅓ cup italian breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

 

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Boil the broccoli for minute then remove and rinse it with cold tap water to stop the cooking process. Drain well.
  3. Chop broccoli finely and mix well with the egg, onions, cheddar, breadcrumbs, and seasoning. Scoop about 1.5 tablespoons of the broccoli mix and gently press between your hands into a firm ball then shape into a tater-tot shape. Place them on your prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake until the tots are golden brown and crispy, or about 18-24 minutes, turning half way. Remove from the oven and enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce! Mine is ketchup.

Delish!

XOXO, Chels

PS. side note, I made these this weekend and LOVED them!

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Clean Eating: What Is It?

I hear the phrase “clean eating” all the time. What exactly IS clean eating? I always knew it had to do with eating healthy and weight loss, but I never…

I hear the phrase “clean eating” all the time. What exactly IS clean eating? I always knew it had to do with eating healthy and weight loss, but I never really knew exactly what it entailed.  Clean eating is simple. It is the concept of eating healthy, whole, unprocessed foods.  Here is a little more info on what clean eating is. Who knows, maybe you will want to try it out for yourself!

  1. Choose foods that are unrefined: This means that you eat more whole grains like quinoa and beans as well. Clean sugars are sugars like honey, agave, and maple syrup.clean-eating-meme
  2. Be aware of salt, sugar, and fat: When you cut out processed foods, it makes it a lot easier to do this! These are responsible for a lot of the extra calories we take in every day. Clean foods are naturally low in these three things.
  3. Don’t drink your calories: High calorie drinks like flavored coffee and soft drinks add an extra four to five hundred calories a day. Yikes! Choose water or green tea instead.
  4. Include carbs, fat, and protein in every meal: We usually get enough carbs and fat in our diet, but a lot of times we lack protein. Protein is important when you are trying to build muscle and can also keep you fuller longer.
  5. Minimize processed food: Try and focus on eating natural foods, not foods that are out of a box or can.

I strive to eat clean, and if you want to live a healthy lifestyle, then you will too!

XOXO, Chels

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The Truth about Juicing

Do you own a juicer?  The ultimate fad of juicing has rapidly expanded all across our nation with juice bars popping up everywhere and a juicer in almost every household. …

Do you own a juicer?  The ultimate fad of juicing has rapidly expanded all across our nation with juice bars popping up everywhere and a juicer in almost every household.  Many claim that it’s the easiest way to lose weight or gain nutrients; but unfortunately, this is false!  It’s time to get our facts straight about the juicing phenomenon.Chelsea Crockett- juicer

  • When you juice, you actually lose out on most of the nutrients and benefits that whole fruits and vegetables have to offer. For example, when you juice an apple you lose most of that fiber inside of the apple. You only get the juice.
  • Juices are less filling than whole fruits and vegetables. You’ll actually end up consuming more when you juice or be left feeling hungry.
  • Juice cleanses can be dangerous for some people! During one of these cleanses, the body lacks fats and proteins to fuel your body. Many people may lack energy and find themselves uneasy.
  • Doing a juice cleanse will make you lose weight initially, but it will not keep it off in the long run. As soon as you start eating solid foods again, your body will store extra fat to make up for what it lost.

The moral to this story: eat your fruits and vegetables whole, don’t drink them!

XOXO,

Chelsea

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5 Unknown Beauty Foods

We’ve all learned about how healthy fruits and vegetables benefit your body in numerous ways.  But did you know some foods can benefit your body in different ways such as…

We’ve all learned about how healthy fruits and vegetables benefit your body in numerous ways.  But did you know some foods can benefit your body in different ways such as a brighter smile and healthier hair?  I like to call these “beauty foods”Wink.  Here are five of my favorites!Chelsea Crockett - Beauty Foods

  1. Apples and carrots are not only good for your body, but for your teeth, too!  The hardness of these foods causes you to chew longer and harder which helps remove the stains and bacteria on your teeth.  Nuts are also a good snack to help make your teeth shine.  They have certain minerals in them which are essential for teeth growth.
  2. For healthy hair, you need your vitamins!  Foods rich in vitamins such as blueberries, spinach, sweet potatoes, and chicken are all good for strengthening the strands of your hair in addition to making it look shinier and healthier!
  3. If you’re a fish eater, you’ve already got many benefits going for you!  Fish such as salmon is great for your skin and hair.  It makes skin look younger and healthier.  Who wouldn’t want that?
  4. If you wonder why your nailsChelsea Crockett - Dairy Products get dry and brittle, it’s probably because you’re not getting enough Vitamin B and calcium.  Foods rich in these include meat, eggs, cheese, and definitely milk!
  5. Does anybody else have those dark, puffy circles under your eyes?  Besides more sleep, a healthy diet can reduce those unwanted rings below your eyes.  Leafy green vegetables are the best way to do so.

 

            Stick to a healthy diet and start eating your “beauty foods!”

                                                Love, Chels

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